Take The Game of Life. Now make it not suck. This is the sales pitch for The Pursuit of Happiness, which is now on Kickstarter. From what I’ve seen, this looks like it could be a real winner.
After months of anticipation, my Yomi Kickstarter package arrived in the mail just before Christmas! With the goodies enclosed being an expansion to a game I already love that won’t be available to the general public for months, and this being the first Kickstarter I’ve ever backed, my excitement levels are running pretty high right now. Let’s take a look at what’s in the box!
Off the strength of a countless number of success stories, the crowdfunding process have become a staple of the modern entreprenurialship. Thanks to services like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, entrepreneurs have an easier way of raising money for their projects while backers can receive exclusive stuff for their support. Crowdfunding successes can be found in virtually every field, from video games, movies, books, and even potato salad.
While I’m all for the crowdfunding model, and I’ve certainly purchased Kickstarter products after the fact, I’ve been reluctant to back a project. Understanding the fact that Kickstarter is not a store and that the completion of any given project isn’t guaranteed, I haven’t been comfortable with the thought of giving my money to a scam or a project that won’t make it through. However, with the release of one particularly appealing project and weeks of internal debate, I decided to put my money behind one. Continue reading
For a genre of tabletop gaming that’s synonymous with thick rulebooks, lots of number-crunching and campaigns that can last forever, Dungeon Roll aims to distill that classic role-playing experience into a shorter and more streamlined dice game. In this adventure, 1-4 players take turns delving into this treacherous dungeon to kill monsters and collect loot. After each player has taken three trips into the dungeon, the person with the most experience points wins. Is it worth suiting up for this dice-based dungeon crawl?
Say what you will about Tim Shaefer’s legendary game industry career, his most recent accomplishment of utilizing Kickstarter as a means of funding the creation of a video game could very well be his most profound in hindsight. Since he raised millions of dollars towards his point-and-click adventure game, it’s opened the door for countless other game creators to follow suit. Odds are, this Kickstarter revolution will be directly responsible for the creation of a number of games that never would have been possible without crowdsourcing for funds.
Having put some thought into this, I’ve put together a list of 5 gaming projects that deserve a Kickstarter campaign. I would love to see these come to life, and I’d probably throw in a few bucks if someone was going to give these an honest try. I’d love to hear from you what game projects you’d love to see get a Kickstarter campaign so you can help make them happen too! Drop a line in the comments!